In The Spotlight
Team South Africa’s Jean Spies reclaimed his African Continental Time Trial title and surprised himself when he grabbed the Scratch race win (for Got It Global) ahead of Team BCX’s Nolan Hoffman. Spies also went on later to claim the Elite Men’s gold in the Sprint Final on Wednesday afternoon.
Cycle Nation Team Manager, Lincoln King will be bringing five riders from Gauteng-based development team, Proud Beginners, to take part in the KZN Summer Series for Men, which takes place in Pietermaritzburg on 25 and 26 March 2017.
U19 Women’s Road Race Champion, Ashleigh Parsons, has been swamped with school and homework since her return from Egypt in February, but is determined to focus as hard on her training ahead of the 2017 African Continental Track Championships, which takes place at the Cyril Geoghegan Velodrome in Durban, from 20-24 March.
In a world first for sporting events, the Absa Cape Epic will include a mountain biker riding with the pro peloton who will deliver 360-degree immersive video during the 8-day stage race when it takes place in the Western Cape in March 2016.
The Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team is proud to announce a partnership with gebioMized. The biomechanic company with a focus on dynamic bike fit technology sent a team from Germany made up of sports scientists out to the team’s training camp in Mallorca to work on bike positioning with the riders, looking for the optimal bike fit through different touch points such as the saddle and shoes.
“It’s a great honour for us to work with such a professional team. Women’s cycling is increasing and improving the level of professionalism and we are absolutely proud to be part of that,” Lotte Kraus of gebioMized said.
Speaking more about the technology, Kraus continued: “We are working with dynamic pressure mats at the contact points. They are flexible so that they can perfectly adapt on the saddle and we are analyzing the interaction of the pelvic anatomy to figure out if the saddle is positioned perfectly, if the sitting position is optimal and if we can change anything, either the saddle position or padding of the bib shorts. This is to guarantee riding in a comfortable position and so the athletes can produce the maximum power output on the bike.”
gebioMized works closely with Endura, the team’s new clothing partner. An example of the collaboration sees software which analyses the athlete’s touch points in the bib shorts, choosing the perfect padding on an individual basis. Inner soles are also examined and moulded to fit perfectly within the shoe.